Monday, January 25, 2016

4th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival

Welcome to the 4th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) 2016 Each year the Columbus Black Theatre Festival brings to the capital city of Ohio original plays that pertain not only to the African American community but society at large and 2016 will be no different. If you are interested in submitting your play to the 4th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival, now is the time. The CBTF will be accepting original plays for consideration from playwrights starting October 31, 2015 through February 28, 2016 for the July 8-10th, 2016 festival. We will notify the winners selected by March 15, 2016 by email and telephone. The CBTF is a self-producing festival which provides a full-service, supportive platform.... See more

Horizon Theatre Company in ATL

New South Play Festival Mission The New South Play Festival has been dedicated to producing new plays from, for, and about the contemporary South since 1999. The Festival focuses on new plays by writers who live or have roots in the South, creating stories that our relevant to our community today. The Festival is particularly interested in plays by women and African Americans. Submission Policy We accept the following types of submissions: Agent submissions that meet our mission Previously professionally produced plays that meet our mission For plays with no previous professional productions, the play must meet the mission of the New South Play Festival We do not accept submissions of unproduced plays by individual writers that do not meet our New South Play Festival mission If your plays meet one of the criteria listed above, please submit the following to (scripts are only accepted electronically): Name, cover letter addressing how your play fits with our mission, brief bio and/or resume One-page synopsis including brief description of the play, character breakdown and setting. 10-page dialogue sample from the script If we are interested in further exploration of the play, we will request a full script (please do not send a full script with your initial inquiry). Please submit your work to us only if it meets our mission statements. You will receive an electronic acknowledgment of receipt of your materials. After that, we will be in touch ONLY if we are interested in reading the entire script.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Submissions in Fort Worth, TX

Jubilee Theatre creates professional productions which reflect the African-American experience. Jubilee Theatre is committed to producing new works which help further the mission of the theatre. As a result, we do accept play submissions from established and new playwrights. Season planning begins in January of each year and is usually concluded around mid-April. The best time to submit scripts is the beginning of each year. We ask all playwrights to submit the following in order for Jubilee to consider a script: Letter of intent (no more than 500 words) addressing how the work reflects the African-American experience. Resume, including contact information. The full script. Stamped, self-addressed post card if you want to receive acknowledgment of receipt. Your application should include ONLY the above materials and be mailed to: Glenda Thompson, Managing Director Jubilee Theatre Play Submissions 506 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102 Applicants may be contacted and asked to supply other plays they have written, references, and/or other materials. Please note: Due to the large number of scripts that Jubilee receives, we are not able to respond to or provide feedback for playwrights. No phone calls please.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Submitting Your Scripts to SOHO - England

SUBMITTING YOUR WORK TO SOHO THEATRE We are looking for unique and unheard voices – from all backgrounds, attitudes and places. There are no thematic, political or philosophical constraints and though we love to produce a writers’ first play, we have no objection to your second, third or fiftieth. We are looking for work that: • Can move people to laugh, cry, argue, protest, celebrate and act • Resonates in the world today • Is inherently theatrical and live • Is risk-taking, brave and visionary We only accept submissions via email. Please send your script as a PDF or Word attachment to Your play will go directly to our Artistic team.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mother Courage and her Children opens Dec 9th (NYC)

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Save Funding for Black NYC Theatre

Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner

Edwin Torres, Acting Commissioner 
Cultural Institutions 

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs 
31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor 
New York, NY 10007 

Dear_____________________: I am writing to urge the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to reconsider/restore funding) of theatre’s Historic Black Theatre Organizations. My concerns focus on but are not limited to the drastic cuts in funding and/or de-funding of the Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre and the Roger Furman New Heritage Repertory Theatre Company. They bring awareness, education and entertainment to the Black Community and the City at large. National and international partnerships have promoted culture exchange through internship, performances, productions and special events. 

For these reasons I urge the Department of Cultural affairs to restore funding to these organizations that lay the groundwork for awareness, education, employment, community involvement, entertainment and more. 

Thank you for your attention to matter. 


(Your Name) 

Cc: Honorable Bill de Blasio 
Mayor of the City of New York 
City Hall 
New York, NY 10007

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

THE 43rd Annual AUDELCO "VIV" Awards Monday, November 16th (NYC)

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Val Gray Ward's MY SOUL IS A WITNESS at Logan Center November 1st (Chicago)


Homecoming Performance 
Sunday, November 1, 2015 
 Logan Center 
Val Gray Ward

Actress, producer, cultural activist and internationally known theater personality Val Gray Ward headlines the one-woman show, “My Soul is a Witness,” for one night only in a dramatic homecoming performance Sunday, November 1, 2015. 

“My Soul is a Witness” will feature the works of James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Mari Evans, Richard Wright and other African American literary giants, 17 characters, music and love poetry. 

This special performance is presented by the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History. It will take place at 5:30 pm at the Logan Center, located at 915 E. 60th Street. General admission is $20/$10 students; $5 discount for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased here or by calling 773-702-ARTS

Special guests are musical director and arranger Robert “Baabe” Irving and Emmy Award-winning vocalist Joan Collaso. Ward will be introduced by renowned poet Sonia Sanchez and welcomed home by Julieanna Richardson of The Historymakers

“Val Gray Ward has made major contributions to the cultural life of Chicago and America through her work as dramatist, founder and principal creative force behind the Kuumba Theatre,” said Bill Michel, executive director of the Logan Center. “We are delighted to welcome her back home to Chicago by sponsoring this special presentation.” 

Founded in 1968, Kuumba is one of the early African American theaters to come out of the Black Arts Movement in Chicago. Kiswahili for clean up, create, and build, the theater was dedicated to the revitalization of the black community through the arts. With Kuumba, Ward produced and directed such plays as The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, Welcome To Black River by Samm Art Williams, Five On The Black Hand Side by Charles Fuller and Sister Son/ji by Sonia Sanchez. Ward took the cast and crew of Useni Eugene Perkins' play, The Image Makers to Lagos Nigeria as part of the FESTAC '77, an international African arts festival. She also brought Kuumba's musical production, The Little Dreamer: The Life of Bessie Smith to Japan in 1981 and produced Buddy Butler's In The House of The Blues in Montreal, Canada. Kuumba also toured in cities such as Louisville, Atlanta, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Montreal, and Osaka, Japan. Ward and company received Emmy Awards for the PBS television production of Precious Memories: Strolling 47th Street in 1988. 

“I am absolutely delighted to return to Chicago where I have so many wonderful memories and so many amazing friends,” said Ward. “As we go into ourselves, we come to ourselves naturally.” 

When not producing, Ward performs one woman shows in the United States and abroad, including Harriet Tubman by Francis Ward, Sister Sonji by Sonia Sanchez and I Am A Black Woman which includes the poetry of Mari Evans. She also recorded a CD, “Rhapsody in Hughes” which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Born Q. Valeria Gray on August 21, 1932 in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, one of America's oldest all black towns, Ward showed an early interest in performance beginning at age four in her father’s church. In 1951, she moved to Chicago where she became active in Chicago's African American cultural community. She was a regular at the South Side Community Arts Center and the DuSable Museum of African American History as she developed friendships with Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Gwendolyn Brooks, Don L. Lee (Haki R. Madhubuti) and Abena Joan Brown. She was mentored by Dr. Burroughs, Margaret Walker and Hoyt Fuller. For 50 years Val Gray Ward has been married to journalist Francis Ward. She is the mother of five children, grandmother of five and great grandmother of eight children. She is the recipient of numerous awards; most recently she received the Benjamin Banneker Lifetime Achievement Award with her husband, Francis, in the Spoken Word category; the King Arts Complex “Legends & Legacies” Award in Columbus, OH, the DuSable Museum Lifetime Membership Award and the 100 Black Women Award. She has received the keys to the cities of Detroit, Osaka, Japan and Tuskegee, Alabama. She is most proud of the generosity of Ollye B. Shirley, a childhood friend who has given 38 acres to build a museum in her name in her hometown of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. 

In conjunction with “My Soul is a Witness,” at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 25th, DuSable Museum of African American History presents “Precious Memories: Strolling 47th Street,” a documentary film written by Francis Ward, which reenacts the days when 47th street was the entertainment hub of Black Chicago. Following the film there will be a Q & A with Val Gray Ward, the film’s director, and Precious Memories’ cast members. General Admission is $10; $5 DuSable members. DuSable Museum is located at 740 E. 56th Place. 

About the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 
The Logan Center is a multidisciplinary home for the arts at the University of Chicago. Logan Center public programs include events, exhibitions, and performances from world-class, emerging, local, and student artists. Logan Center programs are made possible through the support of the Milken Institute, Michael and Patricia Klowden, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, and friends of the Logan Center, as well as partnerships with local and national arts organizations and performing artists. Visit to learn more. 

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

"In White America" opens tonight (NYC)

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